Alchemy Yarra Valley


IMG_20160120_160822The new kid on the block when it comes to dining out in Healesville is one of intrigue.  Based on appearances you would not be alone in thinking that Alchemy was exclusively a gorgeous woman’s boutique.  However, if you venture past the shop front and up the lane way adjacent you will discover so much more.  Clean lines, red brick, refurbished original features from the buildings past life as an 18th Century bake house and the simple elegance that comes with a monochrome palette are all elements that enhance the Alchemy experience.  You will be pleasantly surprised by the pops of colour in the art work hanging on the walls. 

Note: If skulls are not your thing then choose a table outside.IMG_20160130_141611

It seems that the ‘new black’ in interior design is monochrome and I can see why.  The difference with Alchemy is that the stark contrast between black and white is softened by the introduction of natural textures resulting in an industrial-scandi theme.

The staff are welcoming, friendly and always ready to answer any questions about the vegetarian geared menu.  With a strong team in the kitchen the meals are creative, vibrant and tasty making it the perfect place for breakfast, lunch or brunch.  Children are always welcome with the menu and design of the venue reflecting the family focus of the owners.

There are a few must do’s when visiting this treasure:

You must look up

There is so much going on around us that we often forget to simply look to the heavens.  We all know (if you follow my IG account) that I am obsessed with lifting my eyes, and when I enter a venue I am no different.  The first thing you will notice upon entering is the hanging garden dripping with green foliage surrounding the beautifully appointed lotus flower pendants.  This is a defining feature of the interior and really pops against the modern industrial design throughout the café. 

You must visit the WC (toilet)

Strange I know, but it is a stunning display of rustic beauty with exposed red brick, copper piping and a cement trough to ignite the spark of design appreciation.

And finally

You must stop and chat to the owners (if they are out and about) 


While visiting I had the pleasure of meeting Janic, one half of the husband and wife team behind the Alchemy brand.  With plans for private dining, the addition of men’s wear and a dinner menu this is an establishment living up to its name’s definition of a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation or combination.  So watch this space and enjoy the Alchemy Yarra Valley journey.

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